Hebrew University Professor Amihai Mazar has recently been awarded the Israel Prize. Mazar is the excavator of Tel Qasile, Tel Batash (biblical Timnah), and Beth Shean. He is presently excavating Tel Rehov in the Jordan Valley. Mazar’s book, Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, has long been a standard in the subject. Professor Mazar was my first archaeology teacher, and he gave me my first opportunity to volunteer in a dig at Beth Shean. He represents the best of Israeli archaeology and is most deserving of this prestigious award.
HT: Aren Maeir